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FMLA Final Regulations Effective Next Month

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On November 17, the Department of Labor (DOL) published final regulations governing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). They are effective January 16, 2009. That doesn't give you much time to read through the hundreds of pages of regulations! So we've done it for you.


Eligible employees: The FMLA requires that employees must work for an employer for at least 12 months, and these 12 months need not be consecutive. The final regulations allow for a break in service of up to seven years. The proposed rule only allowed a five-year gap.


Serious health condition: The definition "continuing treatment by a health care provider" involving two visits to the health care provider has been clarified to require that the two visits must occur within 30 days, and the first visit must occur within seven days of the first day of incapacity, absent extenuating circumstances.


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